2017 Holiday Gift Guide


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Whether it’s a present for a toddler, a child who loves all things sports, a young artist or tech-loving preteen, our annual gift guide has you covered. From a modernized Barbie Hello Dreamhouse featuring sounds and working lights, to high-tech scooters with LED lights, here are 23 gifts to guide you on your holiday toy shopping journey.



Baby and Toddler


Stroller and Crib Toys from Babee Talk 

These organic, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly toys attach to strollers, high chairs, cribs or mobiles and encourage your little one to reach and grab. The attachment straps also make the toys harder to lose. Prices start at $13.99. babeetalk.com


Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Chair

Ages 6 months-3 years. Help teach your child his or her ABC’s, numbers, shapes and more with the help of this chair with Smart Stages technology that plays songs, phrases and sounds, and can be set for different developmental stages. Available for $39.97. fisher-price.com


Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy

Ages 0-2. Babies who are teething can find some relief with the gentle texture of this teething toy. It can also be chilled to offer cool, soothing relief for sore gums. $15. manhattantoy.com


Funtime Activity Turtle

Ages 1+. Flashing lights, rotating gears, large buttons and sound effects captivate toddlers' senses,  and the ability to pull the turtle along helps develop hand-eye coordination and reactionary skills. $29.99. tlji.com


Luvabella Doll

Ages 3+. Luvabella moves, talks and plays just like a real baby, offering realistic facial expressions, giggles and babbles. Hold her feet and she’ll say “Mama.” Tickle her and she’ll laugh. Spoon-feed her and lull her to sleep with her bottle. Available in different skin tones. $99.99. spinmaster.com

Sports


Prevelo Bikes

Ages 1.5-11. Lightweight and low-to-the-ground, these bikes are safe and fun for beginners. They also feature short-reach alloy brake levers, small diameter grips and quick seat-height adjustment. $199-$899. prevelobikes.com


Jetson Jupiter Scooter With LED Lights

Ages 5+. This scooter has more than 100 multi-colored LED lights on the handlebar stem, wheels and deck, plus a rear fender foot brake that ensures a secure stop and a folding mechanism that makes it easy to store. $29.99. target.com


FINIS Mermaid Fin

Ages 6+. Swim like a mermaid with this fin that has a foot strap and strategically placed vents that allow for faster gliding and graceful motion in the water. $31.99. finisswim.com


Air Jordan Retro Basketball Shoes

Ages 8+. Air Jordan retro basketball shoes are back! Browse Nike’s website to see the different color and style options. Children’s styles start at $85. store.nike.com


Kryptonics 24-Inch Mini Cruiser Skateboard With Light-Up Wheels

Ages 8+. Light-up wheels make this skateboard more than the average board. Available in red and yellow designs. Found exclusively at Toys R Us. $39.99. toysrus.com


Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Self-Balancing Electric Scooter

Ages 8+. Branded as the world’s smartest self-balancing electric scooter, it features auto-levels, allowing for a safer, easier mount and smoother ride. The board is available in a variety of colors. $449. razor.com

Art


Customizable Crayon Set

Ages 3+. These customizable crayon sets are made from recycled crayons. Spell out your child’s name for a memorable holiday gift. Prices start at $10.95. art2theextreme.com


Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio

Ages 3+. Use molds to shape Play-Doh creations, then scan your creations into the Play-Doh Touch app to bring sculptures to life on your computer screen with digital character stampers. $39.99. hasbro.com


Oonies Mega Starter Pack

Ages 5+. Using the Oonie inflator, go crazy making three-dimensional designs with these air-filled balls that stick to each another without glue or water. The starter pack is available for $29.99. toysrus.com


DabitZ Learner Dab Desk Set

Ages 6+. This art kit includes templates called DabDesignZ and a free app that transforms any picture into a template. Use the “Dabbers” drawing tools to dab color into the template for cool, pixel pictures. $49.99. dabitzart.com


Crayola Fashion Super Star

Ages 8+. Mix and match over a thousand combinations of dresses, tops and skirts to build your own virtual closet. Using the free app, upload designs, enter fashion challenges and get feedback from other designers. The kit includes a 62-page design book, 24 colored pencils, 18 markers and a designer case. $19.99. crayola.com


Sculptapalooza

Ages 10+. Sculpt to win with this game that has two teams take turns drawing cards and sculpting what they see with Playfoam. Things get interesting when participants must sculpt with their eyes closed or use their creation as a charade prop. $39.99. amazon.com

Technology


furReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger

Ages 4+. Make some noise at this interactive tiger toy and he will roar back. Talk to Tyler and he will respond. Pet his head and he will close his eyes. Tyler features more than 100 sound-and-motion combinations. $129.99. hasbro.com


Fingerlings

Ages 5+. These stocking stuffer-sized monkey toys feature motion sensors on their heads, which allow them to interact with your child. They can make 40-plus sounds, open and close their eyes, and move their heads. Blow them a kiss and they will make a smooching sound. Clap and they’ll sing to you. A built-in huggable grip allows them to cling to fingers and pens. $14.99. fingerlings.wowwee.com


Barbie Hello Dreamhouse

Ages 6+. This two-story smart home has built-in technology that recognizes more than 100 voice commands to direct the house to turn lights on and off, make sounds, open doors and more. The operating elevator, crackling fireplace, working oven light and spinning chandelier make the house even homier. Available for $299.99. barbie.mattel.com


Dromida KODO FPV Drone

Ages 8+. This drone combines a love of flying electronics with a first-person viewer experience. Connect your smartphone to the Wi-Fi camera on the drone and use the goggles to see what your drone is flying atop of — or mount your smartphone on the 2.4GHz radio’s transmitter holder. $89.99. dromida.com


DIY Gamer Electronic Kit

Age 12+. Beginning coders can use this kit to create their own game. Learn about the Arduino platform using the video manuals and step-by-step instructions. Buy a separate soldering iron and use it to create different results. Price starts at $99.99. techwillsaveus.com


HP Sprocket Photo Printer

Ages 12+. Print two-by-three-inch photos directly from a smartphone or tablet. The printer also offers options to customize prints with fun text, borders and emojis. $135. hp.com


Addie Gottwald lives in the South End section of Charlotte and looks forward to going on a toy shopping spree for her 2-year-old niece.

 

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December 2017

Meet Santa Claus and enjoy pictures with him and his helpers. Pets welcome. Individual and group photos will be taken for special price of $10 for a set of 3 professional quality...

Cost: Free to attend. Fee for pictures.

Where:
Front Porch of former Stephen's Hardware
405 Broad St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Sponsor: Fuquay-Varina Arts Council
Telephone: 919-399-3183
Contact Name: Patti Goodwin
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Learn to code during Computer Science Education Week, an annual program for K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Coder School - Cary
201 Davis Grove Circle
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: The Coder School - Cary
Telephone: 919-234-5193
Contact Name: Nidhi Joshi
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Learn to code during Computer Science Education Week, an annual program for K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Coder School - Cary
201 Davis Grove Circle
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: The Coder School - Cary
Telephone: 919-234-5193
Contact Name: Nidhi Joshi
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See favorite Disney characters Moana, Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella and more skate on ice. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy homemade food and other goodies, play Hanukkah-inspired games and activities, and enjoy kids, enjoy music, dancing and more. This year’s festivities will include multiple interactive...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levin Jewish Community Center
1937 W Cornwallis Rd
Durham, NC  27705
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Telephone: 919-354-4948
Contact Name: Jillian Lea
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Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
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Captain Kid performs with his talented macaw, Jax.

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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The Triangle Jewish Chorale lifts its voices in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English to offer a range of songs that have come to be considered the music of the people -- folk music.

Cost: Free; donations welcome

Where:
Temple Beth Or
5315 Creedmoor Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Triangle Jewish Chorale
Telephone: 919 881 8520
Contact Name: Annie Lang
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Charlie Brown discovers the true meaning of Christmas, with help from Linus. Enjoy the classic Christmas TV special performed live on stage. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Theatre in the Park
107 Pullen Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy two musicals in one performance. In "A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol," Mother Goose narrates as the Big Bad Wolf (Ebenezer Scrooge) meets his old business partner Jacob Midas...

Cost: $10/adult, $6/child

Where:
The Halle Cultural Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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The Raleigh Ringers perform holiday handbell music. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20/adult, $10/student

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Search for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. Ages 13-15. Register online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

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See favorite Disney characters Moana, Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella and more skate on ice. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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Come experience O'Henry's classic Christmas tale “The Gift of the Magi." Be transported back to the Roaring '20s in...

Cost: $25

Where:
Sonorous Road Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St, Suite 113,
Raleigh, NC   27607
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Ages 18 months-5 years learn, explore and play outdoors, while enjoying a nature-based activity. Parents welcome. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Forest Hills Park (northwestern end)
1639 University Dr.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Tinkergarten
Telephone: 919-806-7502
Contact Name: Kate Macartney
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Enjoy a short walk to look for signs of winter and play winter-related games. A story and craft will also be included. Ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults attend free....

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Enjoy holiday fun with cookies, crafts and a children's show.

Cost: Free

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Green St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Children's Book Buyer Sarah reads stories to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
McIntyre's Books at Fearrington Village
2000 Fearrington Village Center
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Children with special needs experience Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment after hours. This event is free and exclusively for kids with special needs and their families.

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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The children's choir performs an evening of holiday favorites for all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Center
405 Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Parents and their children ages 18 months-4 years old enjoy a story, snack and music class. Contact Sarah Rapp to RSVP. srapp@saintraphael.org or 919-865-5725

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of the Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Sarah Rapp
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Larger-than-life puppets, Russian-made costumes and a 60-foot magical Christmas tree highlight the Moscow Ballet's holiday treat. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $28 and up

Where:
Carolina Theatre
309 W. Morgan St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents its "Winter Tour 2017: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," a holiday spectacular. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy a family-friendly movie and a slice or two of pizza. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
The Halle Cultural Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Website »

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Larger-than-life puppets, Russian-made costumes and a 60-foot magical Christmas tree highlight the Moscow Ballet's holiday treat. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $28 and up

Where:
Carolina Theatre
309 W. Morgan St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
Website »

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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Cary Ballet students presents a condensed version of the holiday story for younger audiences. Join Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends on a...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Make three special keepsake ornaments to celebrate the holidays. Also enjoy mini cupcakes and play time.

Cost: $8/person

Where:
Bull City Craft
105 W NC 54
Suite 265
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: Bull City Craft
Telephone: 919-419-0800
Contact Name: Jessica Greene
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Kids enjoy nature activities while parents enjoy a day off. Take a hike in the wetland, learn how animals get ready for winter, make a natural ornament to take home, and finish with a movie,...

Cost: $5

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy a 3.5-hour bus tour in the heart of downtown Raleigh during the holiday season. Pullen Park Holiday Express tickets included. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $55/adult, $39/child

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
, NC  27601


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Barriskill Dance Theatre School present its annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Reynolds Theater, Duke University
125 Science Dr.
Durham, NC  27708
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Celebrate the season with favorite carols and enjoy a singalong.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
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Celebrate the Capital City Girls Choir’s 30th anniversary season with a concert featuring music written by composers from all over the world. See the website for the performance time.

Cost: $15 at the door

Where:
Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-760-2374
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Mrs. Claus will read a Christmas-themed story children enjoy a continental breakfast. Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures and will accept letters to pass on to Santa. The event closes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Garden Supply Company
1421 Old Apex Road
Cary, NC  27513
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Telephone: 919-460-7747
Website »

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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Website »

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Stop by the Holly Springs Indoor Winter Farmers Market for pictures with Santa. The jolly elf will be available from 9:30 a.m.-noon so you can take your own photos with him at the Holly Springs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W Ballentine St
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Holly Springs Farmers Market
Telephone: 919-567-4010
Contact Name: Farmers Market Coordinator
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Infants-age 6 enjoy storytime featuring books related to a particular social justice theme. Stories are paired with an activity and music. May: Differently Abled People; June: Women...

Cost: Free

Where:
302 West Main Street
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Social Justice Storytime
Telephone: 919-714-3377
Contact Name: Jessica Hulick
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Cary Ballet students presents a condensed version of the holiday story for younger audiences. Join Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends on a...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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Take part in fun, hands-on science experiments, which include chemistry, physics, materials and an engineering experiment. See website for ages and times. Register online. 

Cost: $55/child

Where:
SMILE Camp
6301 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: SMILE Camp
Telephone: 919-538-5278
Contact Name: Sheila Marsh
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Learn how different types of birds are able to adapt to the change in weather. Play bird-themed games, take a short walk to search to birds, and make tasty bird treats. Bird treats will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Swift Creek Nature Preserve
7800 Holly Springs Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: Triangle Land Conservancy
Telephone: 919-908-0054
Contact Name: Molly Richard
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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

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Enjoy a puppet show and storytime from 10:30-based on the book "Gingy: The True Story of the Gingerbread Boy" and is a twist on the classic fairy tale. Make-and-take...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Library
900 Old Fayetteville Road
Inside McDougle Middle School
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Carrboro Library in Orange County
Telephone: 919-969-3006
Contact Name: Jody Smith or Kathie Guild
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Enjoy a culinary adventure through the lands of the Nutcracker featuring high tea and pictures with a Carolina Ballet dancer, a multicultural coffee and tea experience, traditional tea...

Cost: $75-$95

Where:
Sommelier's Roast
3700 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 150
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Sommelier's Roast
Telephone: 191-952-61790
Contact Name: Ashley Odvody
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Shop for holiday gifts at Local Love Handmade Market, benefiting Cary-based Read & Feed. Enjoy sipping complimentary hot chocolate, crafting at the free make-and-take ornament station,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Cary
107 W. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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GeekCraft Expo has partnered with Marbles Kids Museum to provide geeky, holiday-themed make-n-take crafting activities for kids and families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Armory
220 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Artspace is hosting a Holiday Market featuring fine art, craft and jewelry by Artspace artists and local community artists. Join Connect & Create: Handmade Jewelry with Sarah Clover from...

Cost: Free admission; Class $15/$10 for members

Where:
Artspace
201 E. Davie St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-821-2787
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Take the family to make gingerbread houses. Allergy-free workshops also available. Registration required online for all workshops. 

Cost: $40/house (includes group of family or friends)

Where:
Family Preschool
4907 Garrett Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Family Preschool
Telephone: 919-402-1500
Contact Name: JJ Richardson
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Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call the park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resource Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. Ages 14 and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Barriskill Dance Theatre School present its annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Reynolds Theater, Duke University
125 Science Dr.
Durham, NC  27708
View map »


Website »

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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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The Johnston County Chorale and special guests perform a blend of secular and sacred Christmas favorites. 

Cost: $15/person

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. 2nd St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Johnston County Chorale
Telephone: 919 801-6448
Contact Name: Amy Rowe
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Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
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Cary Ballet students presents the holiday story of Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends. The Raleigh Boychoir's Resident...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


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​Sibshops give brothers and sisters of kids with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting to explore their feelings in creative, light...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hargraves Community Center
216 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Adapted Recreation & Inclusion program: Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 919 968-2813
Contact Name: Marian Kaslovsky
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Join Jen Bluestone and Brad Ellsworth, of Druminyasa, for a special holiday edition of family yoga and a family-friendly holiday drumming circle. Ages 5 and older.

Cost: $30 for two family members, $10 each additional member

Where:
Little Guru Kids Yoga and Creative Arts
215 Glenwood Ave., Ste. A
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Little Guru Kids Yoga
Telephone: 919-345-5873
Contact Name: Jen Bluestone
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Discover what's happening in the forest as the sun sets, and listen to stories and enjoy s'mores around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Barriskill Dance Theatre School present its annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Reynolds Theater, Duke University
125 Science Dr.
Durham, NC  27708
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Enjoy a build-your-own taco bar catered by NanaTaco, latkes, dreidels, games and crafts, and a concert by Jerusalem-based band Nava Tehila, which will perform original and...

Cost: $7-$12. Free for ages 4 and younger

Where:
Judea Reform Congregation
1933 W. Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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The Johnston County Chorale and special guests perform a blend of secular and sacred Christmas favorites. 

Cost: $15/person

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. 2nd St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Johnston County Chorale
Telephone: 919 801-6448
Contact Name: Amy Rowe
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Come experience O'Henry's classic Christmas tale “The Gift of the Magi." Be transported back to the Roaring '20s in...

Cost: $25

Where:
Sonorous Road Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St, Suite 113,
Raleigh, NC   27607
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Cary Ballet students presents the holiday story of Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends. The Raleigh Boychoir's Resident...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
Website »

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Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


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The ArtsCenter’s annual Songs from the Circle shows are a celebration of the best in classic American Folk and Bluegrass. The Circle cast has added a second program to celebrate the...

Cost: $25/person

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  NC
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Telephone: 919-929-2787
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